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1982 70 hp Evinrude

pontoon I am considering purchasing a 1993 21 ft Crest pontoon boat. The boat is in very good condition. The only concern I have is the age of the motor. If the motor has been well maintained, can I expect a few more years of reliability? 2002-05-03
J.B. Cornwell Howdy Jonathan.

That engine is only 20 years old. If it has had reasonable care it should last another 20.

The OMC 3 cylinder loopers are among the best engines ever built. They were 20 years ahead of the industry when introduced around 1970 so there is no obsolescence to be concerned with.

A compression test (all cylinders compress 100psi or more and are within 15% of each other) and an on the water demo (engine reaches 5000-5500rpm at full throttle, starts easily cold or hot, idles smoothly and doesn't overheat) should demonstrate what sort of shape she is in.

Good luck [Smile]
2002-05-03
oldboat1 You gotta like a guy who talks about a 20 year old motor like it's just broken in. JB is right -- an early-'80s Evinrude will be reasonably easy to work on, with ready access to replacement parts. The 3-cylinder models were a workhorse, and there are a lot of them around from the '70s (and of course those "new" ones from the '80s). It's a good bet if it's been cared for. 2002-05-03

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